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Bill could impact alcohol sales in sports complex

'Local' bills teed up for governor's signature

EverBank Field parking lot the day after the Georgia-Florida game (Photo: Jerry McGovern)
EverBank Field parking lot the day after the Georgia-Florida game (Photo: Jerry McGovern)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The potential for a new municipality in Martin County, a change in board-membership requirements at the power company owned by Key West and the ability of businesses to sell alcohol off-site during special events within Jacksonville's Stadium District were among 31 “local” bills sent to Gov. Rick Scott on Monday.

Off-site alcohol sales for businesses in Jacksonville (HB 1291) would require the City Council to adopt a resolution that would establish periods for special events at EverBank Field, the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, the Amphitheater and Covered Flex Field, and for New Year's Eve and the Gate River Run.

The bills, which Scott has until June 6 to sign, veto or let become law without his signature, each center on an issue in a single city or county.

The bill (HB 259) to create the Village of Indiantown, in western Martin County, could help create Florida's 411th municipality. If the measure is signed by Scott, the proposal would still need approval from voters in Indiantown. Meanwhile, the measure (HB 951) involving the Keys Energy Service, a public utility owned by Key West, would revise the five-member board to include two customers who live outside the city.